SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., December 29, 2021 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Director Kendee Yamaguchi announced as one of three deputy mayors for the city of Seattle.
“My heartfelt congratulations and big thank you to Kendee Yamaguchi,” wrote Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers in a Facebook post announcing Yamaguchi’s appointment. “She has been an important part of my administration and I look forward to working with her and the Harrell team!”
Yamaguchi has served as one of three executive directors in the county’s Executive Management Team where she established the nation’s first P3 commercial terminal, created an Office of Economic Recovery Resiliency and Task Force for COVID-19, and served as a government representative on trade missions.
She has a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelors of Arts from American University. She currently serves on the board of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, a national nonpartisan organization that mobilizes AANHPI in electoral and civic participation.
Highlights of Yamaguchi’s career include working in the Washington state Attorney General’s Office as the Director of Policy, Legislative Affairs and External Relations; Assistant Director for the state’s Department of Commerce; and Executive Director for the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs for the state of Washington.
She will join Monisha Harrell, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s niece and campaign manager, and Tiffany Washington. Monisha Harrell will be board chair for Equal Rights Washington, and a member of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, Washington will oversee housing and homelessness, and Yamaguchi will be responsible for external relations with a focus on arts and culture, sports, and nightlife.
The salary range for a deputy mayor position, according to the salary schedule for the city of Seattle, is $93,417 to $253,671. An OpenPayRolls salary search for current deputy mayor Tiffany Washington has her hourly rate as $96.26 (or $200,220.80 annually).